Saturday, November 14, 2009

Malcolm Muggeridge Quote

The final paragraph of Malcolm Muggeridge’s essay ‘The Great Liberal Death Wish" on life at the end of the 20th century:

"As the astronauts soar into the vast eternities of space on earth the garbage piles higher, as the groves of academe extend their domain, their alumni’s arms reach lower, as the phallic cult spreads, so does impotence. In great wealth, great poverty; in health, sickness, in numbers, deception. Gorging, left hungry; sedated, left restless; telling all, hiding all; in flesh united, forever separate. So we press on through the valley of abundance that leads to the wasteland of satiety, passing through the gardens of fantasy; seeking happiness ever more ardently, and finding despair ever more surely."

H/T to Fr. John Chagnon


Anonymous said...

What a great quote. Those for whom this quote resonates might enjoy reading the new book from St Vladimir's Seminary Press called, "On Social Justice," a collection of St Basil the Great's sermons on the topic. Warning from Bishop Savas Zembillas (former chancelor of the Greek Archdiocese of America: “Those who imagine unrestrained capitalism [and consumerism] to be God's preferred economic system should avoid this book at all costs!” For those of you who don't mind handling fire, this book would make an exemplary and edifying meditation to use during the Nativity Fast. Go to:

Victoria said...

I am blown away by this.
thank you for sharing it.

November In My Soul said...

Excellent quotation. Has a strong ring of certainty.